Frank McAvennie


Best known for playing at West Ham United and Celtic, Frank McAvennie is a prime example of the rewards that can be reaped from hard work, determination and talent. Winning the Scottish Football Premier Division in 1987-1988, Frank is a celebrated professional footballer who can deliver an insight into the professional game at any occasion as a football speaker.

Joining St Mirren aged 20 in 1980, Frank’s debut came against Airdrieonians in the 1981-1982 season. Over the next five years, Frank would make 135 appearances for the club, scoring 48 goals. Describing how he achieved peak performance from an early age, Frank is an ideal football speaker for both business and social events.

McAvennie’s strong form in the Scottish League had begun to attract a plethora of attention from English sides. Frank agreed a fee of £340,000 with West Ham United in 1985. Moving positions whilst he was at the club, McAvennie was happy to play upfront as a striker as well as in his more natural midfield role. Frank would go on to form a formidable strike partnership with Tony Cottee, scoring 46 league goals between them in just one season. A compelling after dinner speaker, Frank’s enthusiasm for the game is obvious.

Frank moved to Celtic in 1987 for £750,000, finding new form at Parkhead to score 15 goals in his first season whilst winning the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup. However two years later, Frank requested to be transferred back to West Ham United. Frank signed back on with the London club for £1.25 million in 1989, reuniting with the United fans who loved him for his consistency and exciting style of play on the pitch.

Frank enjoyed his second spell at the club before moving to a multitude of clubs towards the end of his career, including Aston Villa, Celtic, Falkirk and St Mirren. Scoring 136 in Scottish and English leagues during his career, McAvennie was hugely a successful player.

An ideal personality for events as a football speaker, Frank will engage with guests and ensure everyone gets a feel for what it is like to step onto the pitch of a professional football match.

To book Frank McAvennie as the football speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Frank is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • The Premier League
  • The Champions League
  • The Importance Of Teamwork
  • Event Host